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Women’s ideal body through history | Justine Leconte

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Women’s ideal body through history | Justine Leconte



The perfect woman body shape has constantly evolved throughout history.

In the 18th century, women would wear corsets to compress their waists and wire structures under their dresses to widen their hips. In the middle of the 19th century, curvy women were seen as beautiful and they didn’t practice sports. In 1900, corsets got a bit more comfortable but a large bust was still appreciated. In the 1920’s, women rejected corsets. They made their chests look flat and hid their waists behind boxy clothes to reach a boyish silhouette. After the war, their went back to looking feminine and loved the New Look brought by Christian Dior. Instead of a corset, they wore bras. In the 1960’s, a more androgynous silhouette appeared and women started to wear pants. The 90’s saw the rise of extremely thin models like Kate Moss, who changed the beauty ideal. In the 2010’s, curves are back in trend but with a flat belly and a thigh gap. So celebrities like Kim Kardashian don’t hesitate to use surgery and wear corsets in order to get the “ideal body”.
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– Videos: archive.org (public domain material).
– Pictures: Metropolitan Museum’s Creative Common pool or Pixabay.
– Silhouette drawings are my own (done in Adobe Illustrator CC).

1720 noble lady:
“Tight Lacing or Hold Fast Behind” by Matthew Darly (British, ca. 1720–1778 (?)) , London via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0
1720 bourgeoise:
“Dame met sluier en dichtgevouwen waaier, naar rechts, Sébastien Leclerc (I), 1715 – 1720” by Sébastien Leclerc (I) is licensed under CC0 1.0
1720 rich bourgeoise:
“Isabella” by Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, Franz Anton Bustelli (Swiss, Locarno ca. 1720–1763 Munich), German, Neudeck-Nymphenburg via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0
1720 other rich lady:
“Kitty Clive” by Bow Porcelain Factory (British, 1744–1776), After an engraving by Charles Mosley (British, ca. 1720–ca. 1756), After a drawing by Thomas Worlidge (British, Peterborough 1700–1766 Hammersmith), British, Bow via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0
1720 young woman already with a corset:
“Portrait of a Lady” by Lawrence Kilburn (or Kilbrunn) (1720–1775) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0
1850 falling shoulders:
“Mrs. Warren Rogers (Julie Francoise Gabrielle d’Anterroches)” by Theodore Lund (1810–1895) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0
1850 woman reading:
“[Henriette-Caroline-Victoire Robert]” by Louis-Rémy Robert (French, 1810–1882) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0
1870 side gravure:
“L’Aquarelle-Mode, 1870, No. 453 : Paraissant chaque semaine, anonymous, c. 1870” by anonymous is licensed under CC0 1.0
1870 blue woman:
“Vrouw met parasol, anonymous, 1870 – 1880” by anonymous is licensed under CC0 1.0
1870 back:
“Lady Ruthven” by Hill and Adamson (British, active 1843–1848), David Octavius Hill (British, Perth, Scotland 1802–1870 Edinburgh, Scotland), Robert Adamson (British, St. Andrews, Scotland 1821–1848 St. Andrews, Scotland) via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0
1900:
https://archive.org/details/ADC-10127b
Famous women in NY
1900 corset:
“Waist cincher” by Attributed to Redfern (1847–1940), probably French via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is licensed under CC0 1.0
1920 pastel drawing:
“1920” by in pastel is licensed under CC BY 2.0
1920 dancer:
“1920s flapper” by pennyspitter is licensed under CC BY 2.0
1950 Dior dress:
“1950 Dior lbd” by pennyspitter is licensed under CC BY 2.0
1950 office interview:
https://archive.org/details/SF173
1950 TV commercial:
https://archive.org/details/1950sTelevisionCommercialBlueMagicCheerad1
1970:
https://archive.org/details/0512_That_Junior_Miss_Spirit_03_01_00_05

27 Comments
  • Cheshire Cat
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    This is the best video I've seen on this topic and the mannequin images on the left were very useful to actually compare the different shapes created by clothing.

  • Robert Elimelech
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    10 years = bodys will reflect the vegan body type, because people will refuse to eat the poisons they put in our meats and our bodies will reflect that change.

  • FashionablyAMY
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    Allô Justine, I just found your channel and thoroughly enjoyed your videos, they are concise and informative!☺️

  • Lily Rose
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    Hi Justine, I am so happy I found your channel!

  • twominutetips
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    You are the FIRST youtuber I feel happy to share your content with my followers. Really loving your perspective, knowledge, streamlined approach. Thank you.

  • JellyfishGroupStan
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    i hope the "ideal body" evolves into just "natural bodies" in that whatever is actually healthy for that individual can be loved, appreciated, and even celebrated

  • Ada Cotto
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    Ideal body? I think is feminine and be free of all fashion pre conceptions and misleading . Be who you are no matter the body you are in, we need to care for our body and be presentable all the times, but fashion is overwhelming… Thank you for your sharing, I subscribed to your channel…

  • Gitte Van de velde
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    The ideal woman's body: obviously, healthy. That includes exercising and eating healthy, which often'll make you thinner already anyway. But still some 'feminine' curves, but not the 'fat'-curves. Curves as in having visible boobs and a visible butt. And try to get a flat belly and some kind of visible waist, which can also be achieved with eating healthy and easy exercice and a bit of muscle. I think every adult human being should be able to do some push-ups.

  • lin g
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    In an ideal world I'd like to see any healthy body shape idealized. But more superficially I like a natural, not too thin, some muscle definition and somewhat hourglass shaped body.

  • careless whisper
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    In ten years from now, the ideal body will be the bionic woman with surgically elongated leg bones, a built in iPhone in the eyes and battery operated brain..

  • annabelle7123
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    interesting and intellectual as well as intuitive! merci!

  • Kayleigh
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    I hope the ideal in 10 years is fat so we can all eat cake and pizza, an not care about dieting ?? them waist trainers are lethal!

  • Candy
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    Wow. There's always something new to learn from your videos. That was a very interesting video Justine ? Keep up the good job. Also, thank u for working so hard to deliver videos with high Quality content.

  • e batdorf
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    This is my thought/hope for the future:
    A lot of women (myself, included) are starting to go braless, or, at least, wear the more comfortable, light-weight bralette, as opposed to the wired/padded bra women have been wearing for some time. It definitely gives the breasts a different look.
    Thoughts? Do you think this trend will take off?

  • Jill Maurer
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    Wonderful video! The side views were very interesting.

  • Luciwho1
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    The "fit" body is here to stay…perhaps the pendulum will swing again to androgynous. I've always enjoyed Katherine Hepburn's style from the 40's : ) unfortunately, I am short and stout…lol

  • Shruthi Reddy
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    I just found your channel, I am loving the content. Happy to subscribe

  • whatever
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    This was wonderful. My body is from the middle of the 19th century! I was just born too late. Happily I was, or my appendicitis would have killed me back then. Really enjoyed this video, thank you!

  • scout finch
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    Let us hope that in 10 years time the "ideal" will be acceptance of all body types as being attractive

  • Aufgerouget
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    Great video

  • Regina Caporn
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    I think a more natural look would be fantastic instead of always trying to be something you are not. I think a more sporty, healthy look will be in. Thank you for a great, interesting video. You forgot the rubinesque shape though, would please a lot of women if that came back in…..lol

  • Elvita
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    I think the unnatural, and impossible depends on the body type you have. To me is impossible to have tiny hips and big breast. To me is natural to have hips wider than shoulders, thin waist, flat belly, large hips and butt, curvy silouette, wide ribs cage, small breast, long legs, and muscular arms (I'm an afrodescendant). So Kardashian, J'lo, Beyonce body type is natural to me.
    I think every body type has it's own beauty, and I prefer to accentuate every distinctive atribute rather than trying to hide them or "equilibrate" them
    I hope in ten years every healthy, natural body type will be apreciate and celebrate
    PS: I love your videos

  • Panic! pilots
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    is it bad I actually have the ideal body type ?

  • Kirsten Talo
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    Great depiction of the change during the centuries!

    The same about men would be great as a comparision ?

  • bljts
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    Justine, I just love your videos.

  • Claire Kurdelak
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    Well done! I think we did have a moment in the 1990s when a more healthy, athletic shape, a la Cindy Crawford and the so called supermodels, was the ideal.

  • Brig B
    Posted at 18:45h, 05 April

    It's so interesting to see that women are like birds with plummage that changes according to the era. Of course one can agree or disagree with fashion and trend but no matter who we are, we disguise ourselves to our beliefs. It's all a bit sad corsets and surgery. Merci Justine, c'était très intéressant.

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